Finished Page Visit With Fun Boating Navajo Canyon On Lake Powell
We could not pass on a chance for some fun boating Navajo Canyon on Lake Powell on our visit to Page, Arizona. On our fall trip to Utah and Arizona, we had so many fun adventures. In Moab, we took an off-road jeep ride and climbed rocks with the jeep. A helicopter ride in Sedona gave us the red rock valley from a bird’s eye perspective. So seeing Lake Powell and the Navajo Canyon from the water was a fun adventure we could not miss.
We had a crazy 3 days in Page, Arizona. We were teased with views of Lake Powell on several day trips around Page. But we were disappointed that we did not see everything we wanted to in Page.
So on our drive out of town, we decided to take a detour to Antelope Point Marina. We hoped to get out on the water for a few hours before we left. There were no tours available at this late date. But we were excited when we rented a speed boat to explore Navajo Canyon on Lake Powell at our pace.
Panoramic Views Of Lake Powell From The Wahweap Overlook
This stop in Page, Arizona on our tour of Utah and Arizona was the first place we saw a large body of water. The 186 mile long Lake Powell called to us.
We started with a panoramic view from the Wahweap Overlook. Below us we saw Lake Powell and the Wahweap Marina.
Lake Powell From The Wahweap Marina
From the overlook, we drove to the Wahweap North Entrance. There were gates to enter this part of the Glen Canyon National Park at both this entrance and the entrance on Lakeshore Drive. Our National Park Pass purchase saved us money yet again.
We drove to the marina to get a view of the Lake Powell from the water. There were rows and rows of floating houseboats. We would love to return to visit the Page and Lake Powell area one day and rent a houseboat! But how would we know which one was ours?
The marina also had speed boats, kayaks and personal water craft (e.g. PWCs or jet-skis) for rent. This was another way to explore the lake above the dam.
Views Over Lake Powell
When we drove to one end of this park area, we actually crossed back into Utah before we returned to Arizona!
We continued back along Lakeshore Drive and stopped at several spots for views out over Lake Powell. We had a good view of the landscape around the lake. As the sun got lower, the rocks in the distance glowed.
Off on the horizon, we saw the coal powered Navajo Generating Station and the Glen Canyon Dam. Signs explained why there were two power plants so close together. We explored the Glen Canyon Dam more during our stay in Page.
The Glen Canyon National Park area was massive. We saw only a small part of it as we explored the area around the marina. This drive certainly gave us a great close look at Lake Powell.
Heading To Antelope Point Marina
A panoramic view of Lake Powell left us wanting to get out on the water. In October, many of the water tours were already shut down. But on our way out of town, we decided to stop at Antelope Point Marina. We went out along Hwy 98 towards Antelope Canyon. We were still disappointed we did not get a tour of such an iconic sight on this visit.
Our National Park Pass again got us past the gate to visit Antelope Point. When we drove towards the water, there was a close up view of the waterway that let towards Antelope Canyon.
We parked at the top visitor’s centre and they confirmed that there were no tour spots available until later in the day. When we asked about boat rentals, the sent us for the long trek to the rental office. When we saw the long ramp down, we were not surprised to see golf carts that ferried people to the water level.
We stopped at the restaurant and then the marina supply shop before we finally found the rental office in a house boat. It was a long route to go to check out if they even had boats left to rent. Luckily for us, we got the last 21’ speedboat available. Unfortunately we were now running late so we only booked for 2 hours.
Get Close To The Rocks In Navajo Canyon
We got a quick safety briefing and were off. As an ex-Navy diver, David was totally at ease with the boat. The drive out of the no-wake zone took almost 20 minutes. And then we opened the boat up.
We initially planned to take the boat to the Antelope Canyon to see it from the water. But after you drove to the opening, it was a no-wake area. We were counselled that we would not have time in 2 hours to see much of Antelope Canyon at that speed. So it was suggested that we head to Navajo Canyon. We could speed along the canyon and stop when we saw something of interest.
It was great to see the rocks of Navajo Canyon from the water level. Navajo Canyon is a slot canyon like Antelope Canyon. But the water entrance was longer (16 miles) and wider.
Sandstone walls towered 600 feet above us. Rocks of all shapes and sizes lined the walls. Some of the rocks were worn and smooth. Others still were sharp and jagged. The different layers in the rocks were clearly visible. Red rock reflected in the water and made the blue water shimmer with a gold hue.
In places the waterway was wide. And in others we navigated between sheer cliff walls. We imagined it would be very cool to scuba dive here. Caves, arches and other geologic formations drew our attention to the red and burnt orange rocks.
It was awesome to get a close up view of the rocks boating Navajo Canyon on Lake Powell.
Looking For Images On The Navajo Canyon Walls
If the rocks along Navajo Canyon were stunning, we were delighted by the “desert varnish”, also known as Navajo Tapestry, that we found on the sandstone walls.
Our imaginations were in full swing as we approached the walls that looked like they were covered with painted images. David and I often saw different images. And the images changed as we rode past. What images do you see in the rocks?
The sun was in the perfect spot for us to catch the entrancing images when we went boating Navajo Canyon on Lake Powell.
Into A Crevice In The Slot Canyon
All along the Navajo Canyon we saw small crevices in the rock that looked like small slot canyons. We did not have enough time to get to the end of the Navajo Canyon waterway to see the Navajo slot canyon. But we explored a large crevice along the way.
We put the boat on a slow speed and slowly poked our nose into the crevice. As we went forward, the rock edges came closer and closer. This was not a slot canyon we could explore by boat. But it was great to see the slot up close.
We got a great view of a smaller slot canyon boating Navajo Canyon on Lake Powell.
Heading Back To Antelope Point Marina
Our two hour boat ride quickly came close to the end. We hit the gas and enjoyed a much faster ride back. We dropped our speed as we passed slower houseboats or fishermen that wandered up the canyon. And water skiers on the flat waters in the canyon. We pulled up at a boat in distress and offered them a ride back to the marina to go for help.
We enjoyed the chance to put on a little speed and have some fun on the ride back. It reminded me of the time we rented a boat to explore around the Amalfi Coast.
But all too soon we saw the marina and slowed down to produce no wake. When we retrieved the GPS path from our watch, we saw the interesting route we took on our day boating Navajo Canyon.
A Great Day Boating Navajo Canyon on Lake Powell
It was so much fun to get out on the water boating Navajo Canyon on Lake Powell on our visit to Page, Arizona. Our two hour trip only gave us a quick taste test. But we did love the speed of flying over the water.
Next time we will plan to rent a speed boat for a full day or two to explore more of Antelope and Navajo Canyon. We would also love to take a boat to visit the Rainbow Bridge. That site is only accessible from the water. But it would require a boat rental for the day. Or a boat tour.
Have you tried boating Navajo Canyon on Lake Powell in Arizona? Did you explore the lake or one of the slot canyons? Or did you stay on a house boat?
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